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Thin is in, again

This week at the 2006 Korea Electronics Show, Samsung showed off a 17-inch AMOLED that was only 12mm thick -- the panel itself is only 1.8mm thick. Being one of the thinnest in the world, the display is based on organic LED technology and produces brightness and image quality to LCD displays available today. This display is able to run at 1600x1200 resolution, which is the sweet spot for many of today's larger format displays. At 17-inches however, 1600x1200 may be a bit too much for some.

Performance for the new AMOLED screen also appears to be excellent. Pixel response time is rated at an extremely fast 0.01ms. The screen has a constrat ratio of 1000:1 and a brightness rating at 400cd/m2. In terms of specifications, both constrat and brightness appear to be on par with most of today's popular LCD panels, which indicates that AMOLED technology definitely has room for maturity. Full specifications are as follows:
  • Screen size: 345.6 x 259.2mm
  • Aspect ratio: 4:3
  • Viewing angle: >170 degrees
  • Resolution: 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
  • Pixel pitch: 216um
  • Response time: 0.01ms
  • Colors: 262,144
  • Brightness: 400cd/m2
  • Contrast ratio: 1000:1
One of the current limitations appear to be the color support of the screen, supporting only 262K colors instead of the millions of colors of today's LCDs. The other issue is that most consumers expect screens to be produced in a 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio these days. The 4:3 aspect ratio is definitely on the way out.

Despite a few needed improvemnts, it's clear that AMOLED technology holds a great deal of promise. Thin products are becoming the norm and TVs and displays being thin are no exception.


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RE: FOOL!
By johnsonx on 10/23/2006 5:15:15 PM , Rating: 2
They used to sell 19" 1600x1200 displays, and no one bought them. They had so many complaints and problems that not one single vendor offers such a panel any longer.

Even at 1280x1024, many end-users complain that everything is too small and set the resolution to 1024x768. The fact is that while 'us' enthusiasts like extremely high resolutions, most users want everything to be big so they can see easily.


RE: FOOL!
By Visual on 10/27/2006 8:52:22 AM , Rating: 2
but then obviously a 19" 2048x1536 would be perfect - dumb users can still set 1024x786 in desktop properties, and it'd scale perfectly without any filtering - just use 4 real pixels for one virtual pixel.
us enthusiasts can keep the resolution at max, and adjust DPI settings and font sizes instead
best of both worlds.

once screens get to tens of thousands of pixels in a row, it'd be possibly to select any of today's lower resolutions with almost no scaling artifacts.


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